Business travel agents tips for business travellers flying to Munich
24th July 2014
As independent business travel agents, we often have customers asking us about the best route to get from Munich Airport to the city centre and where it is best to stay in Munich. The Flightline Travel Management team has created this simple Munich business travel guide for you with some useful business travel agents tips for your next trip to Munich.
BUSINESS TRAVEL DESTINATION MUNICH
Business travellers and companies are attracted by Munich, as it is Germany’s DAX capital, with 6 DAX companies’ headquarters, its strong hi-tech, aerospace, insurance and automotive industries (e.g. BMW, MAN Group, Siemens or MTU) and growing source markets for corporate meetings, incentives, conferencing/ conventions, trade fairs and other business events, as well as a great variety of venues for event planners and amazing surroundings.
As one of the economically strongest cities in Germany, it is also home to internationally renowned research organisations, such as the Max Planck Institute or the Fraunhofer Institute. Furthermore, the city is a (business) travellers’ hub considering its various national and international transport connections, which facilitate easy access also to businesses around Munich.
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
Flying to Munich for business
Munich Airport is the second-busiest after Frankfurt Airport in terms of passenger traffic. As Lufthansa’s secondary hub besides Frankfurt, further investments are planned to offer business and leisure travellers a variety of options for cheap flights to Munich Airport.
Travelling by Overground & Underground or Bus
The airport is about 28km away for the city and so travelling to the centre and/or its surroundings can be done via S-Bahn (S1, coming to the centre from the west, or S8, coming into Munich from the east) from £8.30 (€10.00; $13.70) or Lufthansa Airport Bus for £8.70 (€10.50; $14.40), leaving every 20 minutes from the central area of the airport.
Travelling by Train
For business travellers who are already in Germany due to prior engagements or need to continue your journey afterwards, depending on the distance, taking the train to Munich may be worth another consideration. Munich Main Station is located in the city centre and offers a great variety of national (and also international) routes by ICE (InterCityExpress, the fastest train). This may not only time wise be worth considering, but with the special offers available also financially. You can find according information in English here or speak to one of our rail business travel agents.
Going by Car
If renting a car is more what you were looking for, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Avis Budget Group are the main car rental companies to located at the airport. Business travel agents, like Flightline Travel, can offer you negotiated rates with the major car rental companies. Alternatively, business travellers may consider a taxi for about £50 (€65.00; $82.00). Chauffeured limousine services for VIP business travellers are also available. While you are at the airport, WIFI is accessible via Deutsche Telekom HotSpot and is free for 30 minutes; each additional hour costs £4.10 (€4.95; $6.80).
The best way for getting around?
As experienced business travel agents, we understand many frequent business travellers want to travel fast, convenient and stress-free while being productive while travelling. Therefore, we’d recommend it may be the easiest to get around via public transportation, taxi or rental car. However, parking may be challenging to find and once found, charged. In order to find the best way to get to where you want to go and which ticket to buy, the MVV, which is Munich’s public transportation organisation, offers you the MVV Ticket Navigator. The mobile travel app, called MVV-Companion can be downloaded for free. It includes the MVV-internet journey planner, a departure monitor, plans and network maps, as well as a new feature called the MVV Mobile Traffic Information System.
PLANNING A BUSINESS TRIP TO VISIT A TRADE SHOWS AND EVENTS
Munich Trade Fairs and Exhibition Centre
If you are planning an business trip to Munich for an exhibition or international trade fairs at the ICM/MOC, you can either travel by public transport, via the stops of the underground U2, called Messestadt-West or Messestadt-Ost. Throughout the year, the Messe Munich hosts some leading trade shows, such as ISPO, drinktec, or the BAUMA, which is the world’s largest trade fair. For detailed information visit the Messe-München and use the MVV Ticket Navigator. In case you are travelling by car, there is clear signage to help you find your way and enough parking spaces for exhibitors and visitors, starting from £6.60 (€8.00; $11.00) per day.
During your visit and especially to have a change of scene, one of our business travel agents tips is to visit the close by Riem Arcaden, a shopping centre with a well sorted gastronomic area that can be well recommended. You will find foods from different regions in the world, as well as local specialities.
Major Events in Munich
The probably most famous event in Munich is the Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival. It is a 16-day festival taking place from late September to the first weekend in October. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810 and attracting more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. It is also popular for corporate events. However, unless you are planning to visit the beer fest, our business travel agents team would advise you avoiding business travel to Munich around this time of the year. If you have to travel for business during this major event, make sure you book your flight and hotel as early in advance as possible to minimise travel costs and secure your accommodation in time. Using business travel agents, like Flightline Travel can help you secure the best rates and save time spent on finding the right hotel accommodation or flight.
Other major events throughout the year include the 6-day bicycle racing event, Tollwood Festival, offering opportunities to exhibit new ideas, biologically certified food and a cultural programme, including music, theatre and other performances.
For advice on major events while you are in Munich, you can consult Munich’s Events page or the Munich tourist information’s page, or simply speak to your business travel agents.
PLACES TO STAY IN MUNICH
Being an international business travel hub, the Bavarian capital offers hotels for any given budget from rather ‘simple and neat’ to VIP business travellers’ status. The city is home to internationally well-known chain hotels, such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Le Méridien or Mandarin Oriental, but also has a wide range of local hotels and e.g. the national chain Motel One.
Useful contact points for more information while you are in Munich are your hotel reception and the tourist information located at Marienplatz (also an S-Bahn station in the city centre).
To receive more personal advice from our team of experienced business travel agents, please contact us.
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